Acreditation Porthcothan House

Luxury self-catering holiday home near Padstow in North Cornwall


Porthcothan House was awarded a 5* rating by VisitEngland in 2005 - 2013 and Gold Awards in 2009 - 2013.

A selection of your comments over the last 9 years

“A special Christmas for the whole family ... the pretty little bay was visible from almost every window ... the beds were the most comfortable we have ever slept in ... exquisite taste shines throughout: oak floors, curtain fabrics, delightful pictures, Mexican tiles in the bathrooms, flowers ... the bedrooms (except for the single) were all so large and welcoming that they were as good as each other." (12/13)

“It's very easy to see why people are on their 8th year here! It's wonderful. We have had the best holiday and can't wait to come back." (7/13)

“Awesome weather (only corner of the UK). Surfing, golf at Trevose, Hawkers Cove, Camel Trail, Scarlets, Fifteen, Outlaws, Porthcothan beach ... A perfect week in a perfect setting. 3 years in a row and we still love it!" (5/13)

“3 generations have had a wonderful stay. Perfect for a family celebration. Lovely house. All needs met in style." (4/13)

“Sunny days spent enjoying Porthcothan beach and loving the time spent together in this gorgeous house." (4/12)

“Wonderful venue, perfect location, beautiful house and excellent weather. Thoroughly enjoyed by all." (4/11)

“An ideal location. We had a great family holiday (4 generations). Lovely house. " (5/10)

“Wonderful relaxing week. Superbly appointed house. Great location." (7/10)

“Memories are made of this - a really happy week with wonderful friends in a fantastic house. Thank you for the attention to detail." (7/10)

“Wonderful Christmas in great house – loved the Aga for Christmas dinner. Appreciated special details.” (12/09)

“Fourth year now and it’s even better! Wonderful week surfing and playing golf.” (8/09)

“We had a lovely time. Good weather, lovely house, nice & cosy! First visitors in Aug 2005. Lovely then, still lovely now.” (5/09)

“Such a fantastic week. A great place for friends to get together, unwind and relax. Such a beautiful house.” (5/09)

“The most amazing week of the year every year. Can’t wait for the next one and there’s nowhere I’d rather be.” (4/09)

“Three generations of our family have loved the house. So much space, lovely comfy beds and practically a loo each.” (7/08)

“Fabulous house. We didn’t want for anything. Beach clean, safe & fun. The crawl through the cave on rhs was real smuggler’s stuff!” (6/08)

“We have had a fantastic family holiday. Great house and location. The house is amazing as has been said many times during the holiday. Really has been perfect.” (5/08)

Alastair Sawday in Special Escapes

Oak floors sweep throughout this big Georgian house, high on the hill overlooking the sea and Porthcothan beach a ten-minute stroll. D H Lawrence, who stayed here, wrote: "We came here yesterday and we love it", this "old farmhouse with space and largeness and a sort of immemorial peace, a calm that belongs to the earth." The setting is dreamy, the refurbishment luxurious. Enter to find two polished sitting rooms full of light, with wood-burners, rugs, bean bags and sofas; a kitchen with an Aga, electric oven and heaps of top kit; a pristine dining room with a table for 12; a conservatory full of sunshine; and six bedrooms, each with a glimpse of the sea. With Padstow five miles away, Trevose Golf Club two and a run-around garden outside, it's a great escape for families. Mattresses are deep, duvets are soft down, bathrooms have Mexican tiles... there's even a sand 'n' surf shower with a super steam button! That lovely sandy cove below is sheltered and reveals rock pools at low tide. Such a good spot: a small general stores next to the beach, a Rick Stein inn two miles down the road. The owners, keen to ensure you are happy, will personally settle you in.

DH Lawrence in letters written from the house which he rented in 1915-16

We arrived here tonight - a fine large house with clear large rooms and such lovely silence, with a little wind and a faint sound of the sea; such peace I could cry.

I am so happy to be here. The house is an old farm place with large silent rooms full of peace. I love it. It looks over the brow of the land at the sea, which is quite near, and sounds out night and day through the restless wind.

The house is a big low grey well-to-do farm place with all the windows looking over a round of grass, between the stone gate pillars down a little tamarisky lane at a cove of the sea where the waves are always coming in past jutty black rocks. It is a cove like Tristan sailed into, from Lyoness - just the same. It belongs to 2000 years back.

We have got a big, delightful old house, low and long, looking down at a cove of the sea. It is delightful. I love this Cornwall and the primeval coast.